To promote the appropriate use of antibiotics
-To avoid unnecessarily long courses
-to prevent the emergence and propogation of antimicrobial resistance
-to minimise the risk of Clostridium difficile infection
Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines - Primary Care
Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines - Adults Summary
Treatment of COVID-19-associated Bacterial Pneumonia
COVID-19 Associated Bacterial Pneumonia
Bone & Joint Infections Rationale for Prophylaxis
CNS Infections Gentamicin Prophylaxis Dosing
Endocarditis Cardiology Procedures
ENT Infections General Surgery
Eye Infections Head & Neck Surgery
& Orbital Cellulitis Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gastrointestinal Infections Orthopaedic Surgery
Genital Tract Infections Urological Surgery
Respiratory Infections Recurrent UTIs
Skin & Soft Tissue Infections
& Diabetic Foot Infections
ED Supplement - Cellulitis
Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines - Paediatrics
Orbital Cellulitis Guidelines
Neonatal sepsis - dosing chart
Neonatal sepsis guidelines (with meningitis)
IV antibiotic doses used on SCBU - quick reference guide
IV antibiotic doses in children from 1 month to 16 years - quick reference guide
For guidelines for prescribing in patients with documented allergy to penicillins, click here.
- The doses recommended in the guidelines are for guidance ONLY.
- For elderly/renally-impaired patients, consult current BNF, ward pharmacist or Medicines Information (Ext: 3084)
Antimicrobial Medicines Code
- The Antimicrobial Medicines Code sets out the roles and responsibilities for healthcare professionals involved in the prescribing, supply and administration of antibiotics.
- The full version of the Antimicrobial Medicines Code can be found by clicking here
- Summary of Prescribing Standards (Section 3)
- Is an antimicrobial indicated?
- Ensure appropriate specimens are taken prior to starting therapy.
- Choice of antibiotic should be based on local guidelines.
- Include the duration (or review date) and the indication for treatment on the prescription chart
- Review the need for antibiotics regularly, including switching from IV to PO treatment, according to the policy. Click here for details of the IV to PO Switch Policy.
OPAT Registration Form and Pathway
When ordering microbiology investigations please give relevent clinical details. The ways in which specimens are processed, the interpretation of the results and reporting of antimicrobial susceptibilities will vary to a very great extent, on the clinical details given.
CIVAS order form